Browsing the archives for the Girls’ Dresses category

Book Review – FU-KO basics

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Have you been waiting for me to review this book since you saw me post its arrival on Instagram? Ever since I started blogging about monthly new releases, I have been increasingly drawn to shopping directly from amazon.co.jp. (I’m not an affiliate to amazon.co.jp by the way, in case you were wondering) But I use […]

Translation Request – for Janene

This is a translation request for a pocket dress, requested by Janene, from a book that I almost forgot I had! おしゃまな女の子のお洋服 ISBN : 978-4529047678 Pocket Dress on Page 12 1. Fold over the top edge of the central panel fabric, sew a casing and insert elastic band. 2, Make side pockets on side panel fabrics, sew […]

Girls Qi Pao (Chinese Dress) Sew Along Day 3

Today we are going to tackle the side zipper opening of the dress. This took me a few experiments to figure it out. I am not even sure if this is the correct way to do it but it works! So here goes…. What we did yesterday… 1. Cut out fabric. 2. Preparation work – […]

Girls Qi Pao (Chinese Dress) Sew Along Day 2

Ok so I did discover a mistake myself while preparing the sewing video. I left out the zip in the list of materials! So here the is the list of materials again, with the zip lengths included. Materials (in order of sizes 98 / 110 / 122 / 134) 1. Outer Fabric (based on 90cm wide fabric […]

Girls Qi Pao (Chinese Dress) Free Pattern and Sew Along

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Welcome to the first sew-along of the new year! The first sew-along will not be from my Japanese sewing books collection, but a long overdue project that I’ve been meaning to do for my other blog Cotton Candy. The Girls’ Qi Pao (pronounced ch’i-p’ao), also known as the Cheongsam or the Chinese Dress. I made […]

Book Review – Neat and Lovely Girls’ Dresses 100-160cm

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I made a last ditch effort to dig around the archives for this book review, I was so sure that I had reviewed it, partly because I remember being really excited about its release and I bought it as soon as it was available (that was some time in May or June). But I could […]

Book Review – Straight Line Sewing Kids Clothes

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Another book great for the Summer season. Straightline sewing books seems to be the flavor of the season in Japanese Sewing Books! On this trip I spotted at least 6 or 7 such books on display in the bookstores. I had to control my book purchases so I just went for those that I really […]

Free Pattern, Tutorial and Sewing Video – A simple dress

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I said this would be up on Monday, and now it’s Tuesday, almost Wednesday. What happened, was that I had to do a little housekeeping on my mac as I was running out of space on my startup disk, and to my horror, all my previous backups disappeared because of some spotlight indexing issue. I […]

Japanese Fabrics – Border prints

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On Monday I reviewed two single pattern sets for Girls’ Dresses. Did you notice the fabric? It looked as if there were ribbons sewn on to the bottom skirt hem. But it was actually a printed fabric. This type of fabric print is called a border print ボーダープリント (bo-da-pu-ri-n-to) The print repeat runs parallel to the […]

Translation Request

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Just wanted to share with you a recent translation request from one of my readers – Kat, that I received a few weeks ago. I was so sure I reviewed this book before but after searching my own archives, it seems that I haven’t? Anyway, this book is all about Girls clothes using knit fabrics. […]